What IS the Spread the Joy Campaign?

We believe that participatory dance, music, and song spread joy and build community.

CDSS is seizing the opportunity presented by its Centennial in 2015 to launch major new programs, services, and initiatives; engage the North American dance, music, and song community in celebrating where we have been, where we are, and where we are going; and raise the resources necessary to build a sustainable future for CDSS, so that we can meet the needs of the community, advocate for these traditions, and steward them well for the next 100 years and beyond.

(See the CDSS Strategic Direction: 2014-2017 for more details)

How much does CDSS hope to raise through the Spread the Joy campaign?

We are planning to raise $1M in gifts and pledges over the next several years. You can help us reach that goal!

How much has already been raised?

As of August 27, 2015, we have received gifts and pledges totaling over $610,000

How will my donation make a difference? What impact can this have?

Your donation will provide crucial support for CDSS as it grows to fulfill the needs of communities, leaders, and organizers across North America. It will:

  • build stronger, more connected, resilient, and sustainable communities, through our regional conferences, community residencies, grants, scholarships, mentorships, leadership training, and nonprofit management support
  • help us complete the transformation of our website into a comprehensive, centralized source of information, education, and resources
  • underwrite the digitization of our library and archives so that photos, papers, and ephemera from historical through modern times can be made accessible to all
  • provide CDSS with the resources to be the effective advocates you need, working at the local, regional, and national level, to sustain the vitality of the traditions we love for the next 100 years.

Can I pledge now, and pay later?

Yes, you absolutely can. In fact, many donors to the campaign are choosing to make a 3-year pledge. Download a fillable PDF form that you can email back to us; or download a PDF form you can write out and snail mail to us.

Can I make a Centennial pledge in honor/in memory of an important person in my life?


Can I direct my Centennial gift towards a specific project or program?

An unrestricted gift is by far the best way to make an impact through Spread the Joy! Such gifts support the overall mission of the Centennial and CDSS’s strategic vision for the future, and are the foundational support of all Centennial projects and programs!

We do recognize that for some, making a gift specifically towards a project that is particularly meaningful to them is powerful and important. If you would like to discuss options for directing your Centennial gift, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What are the tax benefits for FY 2015?

You may only deduct the amount actually donated within any fiscal year. If you make a gift to CDSS in 2015, the full amount is deductible from your 2015 taxes.

How will I be recognized for my gift?

We will be recognizing Spread the Joy donors in a number of ways, including, with our thanks, in the CDSS News and on our website; and with future fundraising materials, to inspire others to give. We will not publish any information about how much you have given without your explicit consent.

Can I give anonymously?

Yes — should you wish to make your gift anonymously, we will absolutely respect your wishes. However, our hope is that you will see your gift as part of a continent-wide, once in a lifetime joyful giving event that you would not wish to be left out of! And of course, seeing your name on a list of donors can be the most powerful inspiration for others to give as well.

If I am considering making a bequest to CDSS, whom should I contact?

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your giving plans. You can find the basic information here.